Gareth Southgate still sees room for improvement for England but described the hard-fought Nations League win over Belgium as a "big moment" for his players.

Mason Mount's deflected strike earned England a 2-1 triumph at Wembley over opponents who had not previously suffered defeat since November 2018.

The two teams had traded penalties in a first half that saw Belgium largely on top, yet England improved after the break to make it 20 victories in their last 21 competitive home matches.

While remaining grounded after beating a team sitting top of the FIFA rankings, Southgate was delighted with how the hosts performed, particularly from a defensive standpoint.

"We've got loads that we can get better at. We are not carried away by this win, we've got to back it up against Denmark, first and foremost," he told Sky Sports.

"We know the quality of the opponent today is the level we have got to aspire to on a consistent basis.

"There will be fewer chances in these games, they are games of concentration, games of detail. For our guys to come through that is a big moment for us.

"We can be a free-flowing, free-scoring team, but against the very best, the detail of how you defend as a team has to be absolutely bang on. In the second half we got that right. In the first half we struggled with their quality and movement."

Southgate pinpointed how many problems Belgium posed, particularly in an opening half that saw Romelu Lukaku open the scoring from the spot before Marcus Rashford levelled.

However, the England boss feels the experience will be a long-term benefit to some of his younger, less-experienced internationals when it comes to their development.

"They are a top side, an absolute top side. We knew some of the questions they would ask us, down the sides of our defensive block, but to answer those questions is more difficult," he said.

"The timing of their runs and overloading us in wide areas, there is so much decision making for our players, defensively, to make. For sure, they caused us problems with that – and we didn't retain the ball well enough in our build-up.

"We were a bit slow to move the ball up the pitch, we didn't ask enough questions over stretching them, which would have allowed us to drop players lower as well.

"But it was a top-level game and we had a lot of young players there - [Declan] Rice, Mount, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] - for whom that was a really great experience.

"You don't come into these games and play their sort of quality, their level of team, without having to deal with those problems. We had to see that spell through, and what pleased me was that we had the resilience to do so."

Southgate also singled out Kieran Trippier, lining up on the left side of the defence, for special praise, adding: "He was like a soldier out there – an unbelievable defensive performance."

Mason Mount's deflected strike earned England a 2-1 Nations League victory over a Belgium side who suffered defeat for the first time in almost two years.

Belgium beat England twice at the 2018 World Cup and were ahead after 15 minutes at Wembley through Romelu Lukaku's penalty, awarded when the Inter forward was brought down by Eric Dier.

It was the first goal Gareth Southgate's side had conceded in a year but they drew level before the interval, Thomas Meunier conceding a soft spot-kick from which Marcus Rashford scored.

Having spent much of the first half on the back foot, England looked reinvigorated for the second period and got their reward when Mount's shot looped off Toby Alderweireld and beyond Simon Mignolet's reach, as the world's top-ranked footballing nation were beaten for the first time since November 2018.

Yannick Carrasco lashed home what appeared to be an 11th-minute opener, but Timothy Castagne was adjudged offside in a position that was obstructing the view of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The hosts were looking to keep a seventh consecutive clean sheet, which would have constituted an England record, but those hopes were scuppered when Dier felled Lukaku in the box and the forward picked himself up to convert the spot-kick.

Lukaku produced a dominant display that summed up Belgium's early control of the contest, with England struggling to get a foot on the ball or lay a finger on the former Manchester United star.

But Southgate's side were handed a route back into the match when Jordan Henderson went down under minimal contact from Meunier and Rashford confidently fired home from 12 yards.

Belgium saw a 12-game winning run halted with Thursday's 1-1 draw versus Ivory Coast, while England were seeking a 20th win from 21 home matches, ensuring neither side was likely to willingly budge an inch in the second half.

It was England who started the period with a greater purpose but it took until the 64th minute for the next goal to arrive, Mount's shot ricocheting off Alderweireld and over Mignolet.

Roberto Martinez's men tried to force the issue inside the final 20 minutes, with Carrasco stabbing narrowly wide and Lukaku thwarted soon after, while substitute Harry Kane missed an excellent headed chance at the other end.

What does it mean? England grind it out

On paper, England's starting line-up appeared to lack a creative edge and that was borne out in a first-half display in which the hosts produced just two shots.

But the Three Lions stuck at their task, stayed in the contest and ensured their organisation and rigid shape were strengths rather than hindrances. 

Belgium's own creative talents failed to create a goal from open play, which will be a source of huge pride for Southgate, whose side top Group A2.

What's next?

England host Denmark on Wednesday, having been held to a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen, while Belgium head to Iceland after thrashing the same opposition 5-1 on home soil.

Frank Lampard has saluted the "faultless attitude" of Mason Mount but is wary of pushing the young midfielder's credentials as a future Chelsea captain.

A week on from a dressing-room row between a reportedly furious Lampard and defender Marcos Alonso at West Brom, Chelsea's manager made the case for Mount being a model professional.

Lampard declined to talk in detail about the case of Alonso, who was said to have watched some of the second half of the game at the Hawthorns from the Chelsea team bus.

But in terms of how it sat within the culture he is trying to establish at Chelsea, Lampard was clear that his players must "stick together in every moment" and insisted he would not hold a grudge.

When it comes to 21-year-old Mount, Lampard is certain he has a player whose commitment is absolute.

Mount's penalty miss against Tottenham in the EFL Cup shoot-out on Tuesday has been brushed off by his manager, who missed spot-kicks himself on occasion in his own playing career.

What is clear to Lampard is that the academy product has something special. Whether that leads to the captaincy is a different matter.

"I don't want to make that statement, because it might be a way off, it might not be," Lampard said, on being asked if he considered Mount a future leader.

"Captains come in different shapes and forms and I don't want to put that burden on his shoulders at this point.

"But what I'd say is he's got a faultless attitude in terms of how he approaches the game. That's what has got him into this position so far.

"He gets picked regularly in the England squad because I know Gareth Southgate and [England assistant] Steve Holland have absolute respect for how he comes and trains and performs for them.

"There's a fascination with Mason. He's homegrown and he's a young player who has come in and got regularly into the team.

"I understand sometimes that when you're homegrown and young, there can be people who look at that and ask questions as to why he's playing so many games. What will overcome everything is Mason's talent and attitude."

Mount has been a fixture in the Chelsea team in the early weeks of this season, but Lampard said there may come a time when he is used more sparingly, given the resources Chelsea possess.

If he drops out of the side, or onto the bench, Lampard has no doubt Mount will be pressing to be back in the side.

"The thing with Mason is that he always wants to be better. What I want to see is the competition that arrived at the club around him make him raise his levels," Lampard said, ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

"Mason has a lot more levels to go up in the game. Mason is a humble lad who has had a real dream to play for Chelsea. The thing that has made him special is he's gone and attacked that dream with the talent he has and made it through pure hard work.

"He’s naturally very fit, so that part has helped at the start of the season. Things may change around that, but Mason's going to be a big part of this squad."

Frank Lampard has backed Mason Mount to shrug off penalty frustration and remain a big player for Chelsea - as the Blues boss admits he could let some stars leave Stamford Bridge.

A major transfer spree has seen Chelsea bolster their squad significantly since last season and while Mount may remain integral to Lampard's plans, some others may need to leave to find regular football.

It could mean players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Fikayo Tomori, both full England internationals, leave on loan before the Premier League transfer window closes on Monday.

"With every player, if it's a loan you have to work out what's best for the player, what's best for the club," Lampard said. "I would consider something for all of them but we'll broach player by player. Once the window shuts, every player here will be used. We'll know more Monday."

Lampard said it was not a question of "thinning out" but he accepted Chelsea's squad is large.

It could be that Antonio Rudiger is another to leave before the deadline, with the German defender having been linked recently to Tottenham, but Lampard stressed there were "no more developments" in his case.

Mount should rest assured that Lampard considers him a major player for Chelsea's future, and for the present.

The 21-year-old midfielder has started all three of Chelsea's Premier League games so far, but he was the man to miss from 12 yards in Tuesday's penalty shoot-out in the EFL Cup as Chelsea lost 5-4 to Tottenham on spot-kicks after a 1-1 draw.

Lampard said a penalty miss for Mount in that competition was "par for the course", saying: "He'll go on to play many more games, much more important games."

There is no doubt in Lampard's mind that Mount should put the disappointment in context and move on. Chelsea are back in action against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

"Everybody rallied around Mason as they would when anyone misses. I've been on both sides. His biggest disappointment is the feeling that he may have let us down - absolutely the opposite," Lampard said.

"He's been fantastic for us over the last 18 months."

Tottenham reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup after beating Chelsea on penalties following a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Timo Werner struck his first Blues goal 19 minutes into the contest at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and it looked to be enough to send them into the last eight for the 14th time in the past 20 seasons.

However, Erik Lamela, who started as a makeshift striker, drilled past debutant Edouard Mendy to give Spurs a deserved equaliser with seven minutes of normal time remaining.

The first nine penalties of the ensuing shoot-out were converted before Mason Mount clipped the outside of the left post with the 10th, allowing Spurs to progress.

Chelsea made eight changes from their Premier League draw with West Brom on Saturday, handing full debuts to Ben Chilwell and new goalkeeper Mendy, while Harry Kane dropping to the bench was one of nine alterations for Spurs from their draw with Newcastle United.

Sergio Reguilon's debut did not start according to plan, as the Tottenham left-back lost possession and was easily beaten by Cesar Azpilicueta, whose deflected low cross allowed Werner to fire low past Hugo Lloris.

Mendy was also given a busy first half in English football, just managing to stop Gedson Fernandes along with Kurt Zouma and then blocking Lamela's strike with his legs.

Reguilon and Mendy came face to face early in the second half, the Spurs man's stinging strike palmed over the bar after good play from Serge Aurier.

Mourinho threw on Kane with a little over 20 minutes left as Spurs maintained their pressure, but it was Lamela who levelled, slotting low past Mendy after working space from Reguilon's cross.

Eric Dier, Tammy Abraham, Lamela, Azpilicueta, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Jorginho, Lucas Moura, Emerson Palmieri and Kane all scored before Mount's crucial miss, as Spurs avenged their shoot-out defeat in the semi-finals of two seasons ago.

Frank Lampard felt challenged by Chelsea's major investment in 2003 and believes the current crop of Blues youngsters should be just as excited by their recent transfer business.

In a window reminiscent of the early days of Roman Abramovich's tenure, when Lampard was a player under Claudio Ranieri, the Blues have spent heavily heading into the new season.

Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz have each arrived for substantial fees, while Thiago Silva was brought in on a free and Chelsea are said to be negotiating for a new goalkeeper.

The huge moves come after a season in which head coach Lampard relied heavily on academy graduates as the club served a transfer ban.

The likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James helped Chelsea qualify for the Champions League but could now find their places under threat.

Lampard hopes they will respond and "up their game", though, recalling the time 17 years ago when the likes of Joe Cole, Juan Sebastian Veron, Claude Makelele and Geremi arrived in quick succession at Chelsea.

"I saw it as a challenge," Lampard told reporters. "When players come in that add quality to the squad, they might be in similar positions to you or not but it lifts the team, it should lift the team.

"The players with the right mentality will up their game, make friends with the players, make them feel welcomed within the squad. Hopefully then you see levels raised throughout the squad.

"That was something that did occur [in 2003]. I was a young player, so was John [Terry] and others in the group, so the core of those young players in the group did react and we managed to form a good group moving forward.

"I certainly wouldn't say, 'I did it, you can too'. That's not my style of management. But with Mason, the conversation Mason has is the way he trains every day.

"The last two days when we've trained with these new players, when everyone is very excited and focused on them at the moment, I focus on all the squad at all times.

"The way that Mason's trained the last few days after coming back from England shows that when I talk about how players will react in a positive way and up their game, Mason is one of them. That's what I want from all the young lads."

Yet Lampard also does not want his younger charges to feel they are in direct competition for places, believing there is space in the squad for each player to thrive.

"I expect them to be excited by the challenge of playing in the squad this year," he said, ahead of Chelsea's new-season opener at Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday.

"I don't see it in those direct competitive situations that we're trying to find.

"A modern-day squad - much more than 17 years ago - needs to have flexibility, needs to have competition. I don't think we need to find direct battles at this point in the season, no.

"The team needs to be flexible. A lot of the time I'm talking about players that can play in a number of positions, which is great for a manager.

"I just see it as a group that is hopefully stronger than last year and the players give everything to try to get in the team game after game."

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is adamant a story claiming Mason Mount was concerned for his place in the Blues' team following the arrival of Kai Havertz was "fabricated".

Mount, 21, enjoyed a breakthrough season with Chelsea last term, as he returned to the club following a year-long loan with Derby County, where he had previously played under Lampard.

The midfielder played 37 times in the Premier League, scoring seven goals and setting up another five, while he has also accumulated seven England caps since 2019-20 began.

But the signing of Havertz in a reported €71million (£65.3m) deal from Bayer Leverkusen led to some suggesting Mount's position could be under threat.

A report emanating from Germany went a step further and claimed Mount was concerned as well – though Lampard insists there is no truth to such stories.

"I saw the story about Mount, I know it was absolutely fabricated by somebody, particularly as it came from the German end," Lampard told reporters in Thursday's pre-match news conference ahead of a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday.

"I'm not sure if he has any family or friends out there he would talk to, but it was a strange angle for that to come from Mason.

"What I do know is that, with the young players in the team and the way football is at a club like Chelsea, if you're a young player that's got a foot in and then the club brings players in around you, that raises levels, or we hope they raise levels, then the other players should, and hopefully will, raise their levels, and everybody improves.

"I will be fair when I pick the team, I don't pick the team on whether you've come from the academy or not, I pick it every week on how we've been training or performing.

"Everyone should be positive going into the season, training and playing as well as they can, and worry about the unity of the squad and the results we get as a team."

Havertz's comfort both as an attacking midfielder or central striker could potentially help Mount's cause, with Lampard revealing the Germany international has not requested to be played in a specific position.

"Kai, with his qualities, is flexible to play in different positions, so I haven't changed my view after two or three days of seeing him," Lampard added.

"I think we can use the versatility. One of the pluses when I spoke to him was that he's very comfortable, he's not saying he wants to play in 'this' position, he's actually very happy to help the team and he can give us different qualities in different areas.

"It's not one we have to nail down."

Mason Mount has revealed he was impacted by Declan Rice's Chelsea departure aged 14 amid rumours the West Ham midfielder could return to the club.

Chelsea star Mount is a close friend of Rice, with the duo playing together in the academy at Stamford Bridge.

However, while Rice was released and ending up establishing himself at London rivals West Ham, Mount remains at Chelsea and enjoyed a breakout season in 2019-20.

The Blues are making moves in the transfer market ahead of the new season - already bringing in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner - and Rice, alongside Kai Havertz, is now said to be on Frank Lampard's wishlist.

Mount says he always backed Rice for a successful career, telling Chelsea's official website: "When I was 14, I was fortunate to be offered something and I was about to sign a new contract.

"But a few lads did leave. When Dec left, it did affect me a lot at the time.

"I knew as one of my closest friends that that wouldn't be the end of him and he would work as hard as he could to get where he is."

Even Mount may have struggled to break into the Chelsea team under previous coaches, with the club renowned for failing to capitalise on the huge success of their youth teams.

But Mount was given his chance alongside the likes of Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham.

The England international rewarded Lampard's faith with eight goals in 53 appearances in all competitions.

"My dad always had questions [about staying at Chelsea] because there weren't all that many young players coming through into the first team," Mount said.

"JT [John Terry] was the only one who really came through and had an unbelievable career.

"I always believed that I would make it to the first team, though, through hard work and determination, and I didn't let anybody get in the way of my focus, even my dad when he had questions."

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has seen off competition from a trio of Manchester United players to be crowned the Premier League's Young Player of the Season.

The 21-year-old scored four goals and set up 13 more in a brilliant 2019-20 campaign that saw Liverpool end their 30-year wait for top-flight success.

Alexander-Arnold also helped the champions keep 12 clean sheets and saw off competition from United's Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for the award.

Chelsea pair Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount were also nominated for the inaugural prize, as was Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson.

The award is for players who were aged 23 or under at the start of the 2019-20 season and is voted for by fans. 

Alexander-Arnold is also in contention to win the Premier League Player of the Season accolade, along with team-mates Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane, as well as Kevin De Bruyne, Jamie Vardy, Nick Pope and Danny Ings.

Liverpool dominate the nominations for the Premier League Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and Manager of the Season awards for 2019-20.

Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Jordan Henderson, along with team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane, are up for the league's Player of the Season prize.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy, Southampton striker Danny Ings and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope are the other nominees.

Alexander-Arnold is also up for the inaugural Young Player of the Season, as are Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Chelsea duo Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

There are four Manchester United players on the shortlist: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Sheffield United.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp leads the nominees for the Manager of the Season prize, with Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers and Sheffield United's Chris Wilder also selected.

Frank Lampard, who took Chelsea to a fourth-place finish and lost the FA Cup final to Arsenal, is the other nominee.

Each award will be decided through a combination of fan votes and input from a panel of experts.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named the Player of the Season in 2018-19, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has won the manager's accolade for the past two campaigns.

Chelsea secured their place in the Champions League in convincing fashion as Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud sealed a 2-0 win over Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.

With top-four rivals Manchester United and Leicester City facing each other on Sunday, Frank Lampard's side needed no more than a point at Stamford Bridge to guarantee their spot in next season's Champions League.

And despite a sluggish start, Chelsea turned on the style in first-half stoppage time, with Mount's stunning free-kick opening the scoring before Giroud doubled their tally moments later.

Europa League hopefuls Wolves toiled in the second half, but the visitors offered little threat as their 41-year wait for a top-flight win at Stamford Bridge rolled on.

After 45 minutes largely devoid of action, Chelsea sparked into life in stoppage time – Mount curling a sensational free-kick into the left corner to break the deadlock.

Chelsea had their second three minutes later, Christian Pulisic and Mount combining to play in Giroud, who rounded Rui Patricio and shrugged off Conor Coady before hooking into an empty net.

Nuno Espirito Santo turned to substitute Adama Traore at the start of the second half, yet Chelsea remained in comfortable control.

Diogo Jota brought a save out of Willy Cabellero just prior to the hour, but Chelsea were hardly troubled as they held firm to finish in fourth place – with United's victory over Leicester meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side took third.

 

What does it mean? Wolves now want a Chelsea favour

With Tottenham drawing at Crystal Palace, it is Jose Mourinho's side who take sixth place. It means Wolves, in seventh, either need to win the Europa League this season to qualify for the Champions League next term, or they must rely on a favour from Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Should the Blues beat Arsenal at Wembley, Wolves will qualify for the Europa League.

Mount makes his mark

It has been an impressive campaign for Mount and the England international capped it off with an exquisite strike, before turning provider for Giroud's eighth league goal of the season.

Kepa's Chelsea future up in the air

Former Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa has endured a difficult season at Stamford Bridge, and Lampard went with Willy Caballero for Sunday's clash, perhaps indicating Chelsea will be looking for a new number one in the close season.

What's next?

Chelsea take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final next week, while Wolves face Olympiacos in the Europa League on August 6 – the first leg of that tie finished 1-1 back in March.

Frank Lampard insists he retains huge belief in Mason Mount, despite substituting the Chelsea midfielder at half-time in the FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester City.

Lampard was disgruntled with the Blues' first-half display at the King Power Stadium, with Mount and fellow youngsters Reece James and Billy Gilmour hooked.

Mount's replacement Ross Barkley netted the winning goal to book a semi-final showdown against Manchester United.

Nevertheless, speaking ahead of Wednesday's London derby at West Ham, Lampard insisted the standing of a player he took on loan to Derby County last season before overseeing a breakthrough at Premier League and international level is not at all diminished.

"I rely on Mason a lot. I did at Derby, I do at Chelsea," Lampard said, with Mount's 44 appearances in all competitions this season acting to back up his point.

"He brings so much to the team in his work ethic and the way he can start up a press in midfield. And then obviously his quality on the ball, which is only going to get better and it's already at a really high level.

"Mason wouldn't have been happy going off at half-time. I know that because, a bit like myself, I know that when he's not playing he's not happy and if he comes off he won't be happy.

"It was certainly a moment where he should be not happy that evening and then straight back to it afterwards because he knows how much I trust in him.

"He works brilliantly every day. And when I talk about Mason, I'm talking about Reece and Billy in the same breath.

"There'll be no problem at all with Mason. I had to make a decision and it doesn't affect my thinking for West Ham or going forwards."

A match against West Ham is one to relish for Mount, given it brings him into direct competition with childhood friend Declan Rice – something Lampard acknowledges can be a motivating factor.

"I think it spurs you on more if you have a personal relationship in either way – whether they're your best friend or you don't like each other," he said.

"I always think the result of that is not concrete either. You can have your best games in those circumstances and also become overly focused on that relationship and have not-so-good games.

"They're two very good young players. The only thing I ask of Mason going into this one is that he texts him tonight and smiles at him with a tongue or whatever it is, but if and when they go up against each other he has to try and beat him in every individual battle that he possibly can.

"And, sensing Declan Rice's character, I think they'll both be like-minded on that one."

Rice and Mount fell foul of UK lockdown restrictions when they were seen sharing a kickabout earlier in the coronavirus crisis.

Chelsea reminded the 21-year-old of his responsibilities at the time and Lampard was quick to draw a line under the incident.

"I saw Mason in a couple of places compared to players who went out partying and stayed up all night and did different things," he added.

"I'm not wanting to angle on that, but what I want to say is Mason was very innocently and naively and wrongly – he held his hands up to that at the time – kicking a ball about. That's so typical of Mason, how he lives his life.

"I had the shortest ever conversation with Mason. He was pretty apologetic that he got it wrong straight away and we moved on."

Frank Lampard has no concerns over Chelsea's young players, despite conceding his side were far below their best against Leicester City.

Ross Barkley came on from the bench to score in the 63rd minute on Sunday, securing a 1-0 victory to send Chelsea through to the FA Cup semi-finals, with Manchester United up next on July 18 or 19.

However, Lampard's side were second best in the first half, with the Blues boss making three changes at half-time – Barkley being one of the alterations. 

Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour and Reece James were the players to make way, but Lampard insists he has full confidence in the young trio.

"The first half wasn't what we're used to in terms of performance this season," Lampard, who took advantage of the temporary rule allowing five substitutions, told a news conference.

"We seriously lacked urgency and intensity in the first half, so the three subs... I probably could have made more subs or different subs.

"Of course, if we didn't have the extra subs, I wouldn't make the three at half-time, but the reason the subs are here is because they are trying to prevent injury and understand that the players have missed a proper pre-season.

"We can probably look at that we had three big games in a week, a very difficult game on Thursday, so I'll allow us a bit of credit, and the fact they showed enough to turn it around against good opposition.

"I don't think we have played that badly this season in 45 minutes; we played a lot better and lost games. So when it looks like I'm criticising, I'm actually positive that it's not the norm for us but it felt like it had to be addressed.

"I could've made different changes as well. In Mason's situation, he played two games in a week and gave a lot of input against Man City. Reece James hasn't played in a long time since going into lockdown and Billy's the same, so there are contributing factors around it.

"They are going to be top players, they will have top careers in football - that's the players they are - so whether you can call it a learning experience, I did do that.

"They are all good lads, they train well and I've never had a problem with them at all, so I've got no worries."

One player who did draw Lampard's praise was goalscorer Barkley, who has looked sharp since the resumption of the campaign.

"I played with Ross and I know he's a great lad. He wants to be the best player he can be and has a great attitude," Lampard added.

"Before lockdown, he put in some really good performances for us, his attitude has been spot on in training, he looked after himself in lockdown, and he was unfortunate not to start against Aston Villa. Since then, he's made an impact in every match he's played.

"I've got lots of time for Ross. He's a big player for us - you saw that today and in the last three games."

Jadon Sancho got the better of England team-mate Marcus Rashford in the first round of the team's #FootballsStayingHome Cup on FIFA 20 on Friday.

Sancho prevailed 2-1 despite initially trailing to a goal created by the in-game version of the Borussia Dortmund winger, his cross finding Rashford, controlled by Rashford.

"Oh, Jadon Sancho to Marcus Rashford! Sanch is under pressure right now," Rashford laughed on camera. "Oh my lord, I know you're sweating."

However, Sancho equalised through Rashford himself and then netted a winner with Raheem Sterling.

"I threw the game away, man," Rashford moaned, before adding: "You know what? I'm going to play you again. I'm going to go back to the drawing board and play you later."

Sixteen players across England's senior men's and women's teams and the Under-21s are involved in a tournament designed to raise awareness for staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the competition - which also highlighted the National Emergencies Trust, a collection of community foundations that distributes money to charities - Tammy Abraham, James Maddison, Todd Cantwell and Lucy Bronze were among the others to also advance to the quarter-finals.

Abraham was helped by a hat-trick from Rashford as he defeated Chelsea colleague Callum Hudson-Odoi 5-2.

Meanwhile, Maddison scored as himself in a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Callum Wilson that was sealed with a winner from Harry Kane.

"Look who it is! The dangerman," Maddison cried after finding the net with his computerised self.

Cantwell won the battle of the midfielders against Mason Mount, with substitute Rashford scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 win after the Norwich City man brought him off the bench.

Mount had threatened to quit if Cantwell scored with the virtual version of the Chelsea midfielder, though he vowed to retire from the game after the drubbing.

"Go and win this and I won't feel bad," he told Cantwell.

Cantwell's club team-mate Max Aarons had his own hat-trick hero as Maddison grabbed all the goals in the 3-1 victory over Trent Alexander-Arnold's England.

Elsewhere, Ryan Sessegnon won 3-1 against Reiss Nelson, who was in disbelief that it was only a one-game series, while a golden goal earned Bronze a victory over Ellie Roebuck.

Bronze is the only female representative in the last eight after Eddie Nketiah saw off fellow Arsenal star Jordan Nobbs, setting up a meeting with Sancho.

Chelsea have reminded the squad of their responsibilities after Mason Mount was pictured playing football in public when he should have been self-isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The entire Chelsea first-team, coaching staff and several backroom members were ordered to self-isolate after it was confirmed on Friday Callum Hudson-Odoi had contracted coronavirus.

Hudson-Odoi, 19, was the first Premier League player to test positive for COVID-19.

But Mount was photographed playing five-a-side football with close friend and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice on Sunday.

Unlike Chelsea, West Ham have not implemented the same isolation procedures.

Stats Perform understands all of Chelsea's first-team players have since been reminded of their responsibilities.

Due to the pandemic, the Premier League has been put on hold until April 3.

However, many believe April is an unrealistic target with COVID-19 infections yet to peak in the United Kingdom.

Italy's Serie A is also postponed until April 3, though Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina acknowledged that looks unlikely with the virus hitting the country hard.

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